Matt Leisy appeared in the Season 5 finale of NBC's "The Blacklist", and played lead roles in "Nothing Without You" and "Eva". Other film and television credits include: "Tell", "Someone I Used to Know", "This Is the Girl", "Shooting Script", "Man From the Dying Planet", "The Good Shepard", and "Live From Lincoln Center" on PBS.
Leisy's theatre credits include the Lucille Lortel award-winning "Sweeney Todd" at the Barrow Street Theatre, and the Tony Award winning Broadway First National Tour of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder", where he played the lead role of Monty Navarro at such theaters as John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, and Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. Leisy played over 1,000 performances as The Boy in the Off-Broadway production of "The Fantasticks" and appeared at Lincoln Center in "Carousel" with the New York Philharmonic. Leisy has played many of the leading regional theatre houses, including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Arizona Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, Bristol Riverside Theatre, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival, in such productions as "Red", "The Importance of Being Earnest", "Ragtime", "The 39 Steps", "Pride and Prejudice", "Camelot", "Witness for the Prosecution", and "The History Boys".
On June 26, 2017, Broadway Sings for Pride premiered its 7th anniversary benefit concert "Unstoppable" in New York City, at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. This milestone event was filled with singing (from pop to Broadway), stories, special celebrity guests, and more. Proceeds of the event were donated to Tyler Clementi Foundation and Orlando's Contigo Fund. Broadway Sings for Pride is a multiple award-winning, non-for-profit organization that brings together Broadway talent, activists, and celebrities, to educate the public, raise awareness of the needs of LGBTQ+ youth, and support these young people.
Leisy performed the songs "The Man I Love" and "My Man" during the event, where Shefik served as Videographer.
"The Man I Love" is a popular standard in AABA form, with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by his brother Ira Gershwin. Part of the 1924 score for the Gershwin musical comedy "Lady, Be Good", the song was deleted from that show and put into the Gershwins' 1927 government satire "Strike Up the Band" (where it appears as "The Man I Love" and "The Girl I Love"), which closed out-of-town.
"Mon Homme" (also known by its English translation, "My Man"), is a popular song first published in 1920. The song was originally composed by Maurice Yvain. Barbra Streisand, Billie Holiday, and many others have recorded renditions of the song.
- Videographer: Shefik
Last Updated: May 8, 2023